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Report: Amazon's negotiation strategy for HQ2 was called 'Fuck you. We're Amazon'


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SOURCE: https://thenextweb.com/politics/2020/02/04/report-amazons-negotiation-strategy-for-hq2-was-called-fuck-you-were-amazon/
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A recent report from Bloomberg revealed that Amazon‘s negotiation strategy during its recent failed bid to build a second headquarters (HQ2) in New York and Virginia was internally referred to as “Fuck you. The prioritization of secrecy over building alliances proved fatal in New York.Ultimately, the HQ2 project failed because Amazon was unrelenting in their negotiations. Amazon initially refused to capitulate to politicians’ requests that it pledge to remain neutral in the event that workers moved towards unionizing or chose to participate in union endeavors.Further political maneuvering by those officials who were initially blind-sided by the deal lead to its destruction and stalled the company’s hopes for a giant New York payout.Per Bloomberg’s sources, the company set out specifically to obtain a large-dollar handout with the HQ2 project after Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos expressed jealousy over Tesla CEO Elon Musk‘s ability to pit US states into bidding wars for the rights to host his factories.This apparently led to the hard-line negotiation strategy that employees used when discussing HQ2 with potential cities.Bezos and Amazon appear to be at greater odds with the US government than the other big tech companies in the trillion-dollar sphere.

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